Oct 14, 2022
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Alyeska Aerial Tram provides spectacular views all year round

What better way to see fall foliage than from above in an aerial tram. The Alyeska Aerial Tram in Alaska has spectacular views all year round. The system takes you to the top of Mount Alyeska where there is food, views, and trails. The system rises 3,869 feet at 26 miles per hour. The annual...

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Sep 30, 2022
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: History of Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

The Little Cottonwood Canyon traffic mitigation plan selected the gondola as the preferred alternative and is exploring adding a toll to both Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and other state transportation agencies are currently studying alternative toll methods to mitigate the existing traffic congestion and future traffic volumes. As...

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Sep 09, 2022
Uncategorized, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Doppelmayr has just released the new TRI-Line gondola

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) announced their preferred transit alternative is the gondola for Little Cottonwood Canyon. 3S gondolas, also known as tricable detachable gondola (TDG), are highly reliable because they can handle harsher weather conditions. A 3S has two track ropes with the sole purpose of stabilizing the cabins and one propulsion cable. It’s estimated...

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Aug 26, 2022
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Work to begin soon on $35 million gondola at Grouse Mountain

Construction of the $35 million gondola at Grouse Mountain in British Columbia, Canada, is expected to begin in early September. The monocable detachable gondola (MDG) is intended to be the replacement of the existing aerial tram, Blue Skyride, which is no longer operational to the public. The new gondola will improve the connection from the parking lot to the...

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Aug 19, 2022
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: More people beginning to understand the benefit of cable cars as public transportation

The Prairie Sky Gondola project in Edmonton has been cancelled. City council voted 12 to one to terminate the city’s agreement with Prairie Sky Gondola due to several reasons, including the financial risk to the city and the idea of building on the Rossdale Burial Site. The opposition believes the project can still advance if...

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Aug 05, 2022
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: System failure at the Singapore cable car leaves 18 people stranded for 1.5 hours

The pulse gondola system for the Eaglecrest Ski Area is in transit and set to arrive at the beginning of September. All the pieces were loaded and traveled the two-day road trip from Austria to Antwerp, Belgium and are now on a sea voyage to the Lower 48. Once they arrive, the containers will take a...

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Jul 12, 2016
Research Issues, Site Issues and Updates

WORLD MAP UPDATE: Proposals and Ropeways Added

Given the recent flurry of activity within the urban cable car sector, we took time to update the world map. For a larger version of map, click on the upper right hand corner of the map below or click here. — — PROPOSALS ADDED Albany, New York (July 2016) Busan, South Korea (May 2016) Chicago Skyline, Illinois (May...

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Jan 14, 2016
Analysis, Hamilton, Research Issues, Urban Planning & Design

Hamilton Gondola — We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

NOTE: An earlier version of this post originally appeared on December 4th, 2009 (yup, that’s over 7 years ago, kids). At that time, the report “City of Hamilton Higher Order Transit Network Strategy” was available online. Unfortunately, it is no longer available.  Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know and that’s really nobody’s fault....

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Dec 21, 2015

The Grandmother Test

I recently met someone who disapproves of this whole Urban Gondola concept – which is fine, you’re entitled to your own opinion. He said it’s hard enough to get his grandmother to ride the subway (because she finds it terrifying), let alone a gondola. According to The Grandmother Test (yeah, it should be called that)...

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Dec 18, 2015
Public Engagement & Community Outreach, Public Transit

Would Fun Transit Stimulate Ridership?

A couple of years back, Volkswagen came up with a brilliant viral marketing campaign known as The Fun Theory. The basic idea being that “fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better” (their words, not mine). The shorthand for the theory was the very public transformation of a subway stairwell into...

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